Christy Whittlesey, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) has been music educator and arts administrator in settings ranging from PreK-higher education for almost 20 years.

In addition to her work in the arts, Dr. Whittlesey also collaborates with school districts and leads professional development and program evaluation to support social-emotional learning and create gender-friendly schools where all students and staff can thrive.

Christy received her Ph.D. with a focus on Educational Research and Evaluation from the University of Massachusetts Lowell (2019), where she was awarded the Education Department’s “Outstanding Dissertation Award” for her work researching the educational experiences of transgender and non-binary students. She has presented her research and approaches to creating gender-friendly schools on national and international stages, and her first book, It’s Ok to Say “They”: Tips for Educator Allies of Transgender and Non-Binary Students, is published by Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.